Maine Medical Association Statement on Reform of the U.S. Health Care System adopted by MMA Board of Directors on 1/18/17
1/3/17: Maine DHHS releases opioid prescribing/PMP rule. You can read the rule and DHHS summary here. For the MMA summary, check out the Weekly Update for 1/3/17. The summary is also on the MMA blog, where you can read it and comment on the rule. Just click the blog button above.
10/18 Message on Chapter 488 from Dr. Pezzullo
New MaineCare Rules on Limited Family Planning Benefit: The new rules covering patients up to 209% of the Federal Poverty Limit for certain reproductive health care services can be found here, They became effective October 1, 2016.
Deaths from Accidental Overdose Continue to Spike: Maine's Attorney General Janet Mills announced in June 2016 that overdose deaths are up 50% over the same time in 2015. In the first six months of 2016, 189 Mainers died as a result of a drug overdose. [ more ]
The MMA Website now has a new page of resources on Maine's opioid crisis, including Maine Opioid Collaborative Task Force information and reports along with new laws on opioid prescribing and addiction treatment. You can find it here.
Included on the Opioid Crisis page is a new Question and Answer document on Public Law 2015, chapter 488. It addresses specific situations prescribers and patients have raised about the law's application.
Webinar on electronic opioid prescribing September 28th.